This week on Dezeen, Parley for the Oceans founder Cyrill Gutsch predicted we'll have pollution-eliminating biofabricated materials with the decade, and Arrival launched an electric bus.
Speaking to Dezeen as part of Virtual Design Festival, Gutsch said the only solution to plastic pollution is to develop sustainable alternatives.
"The future is about materials that are non-toxic," said Gutsch, who founded Parley for the Oceans, which is dedicated to protecting the marine environment. "Biofabrication will replace pretty much everything in the next 10 years."
IKEA also focused on a more sustainable future by doubled down on its commitment to circular design during the pandemic. The company announced it was partnering with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation to investigate how to make all 10,000 of its products better suited to the circular economy.
Electric vehicle company Arrival also announced its latest project, a zero-emissions bus with moveable seats that can make travel safer during the coronavirus pandemic.
Designers shared their worries over the increase in production of single-use plastic during the pandemic. As the demand for plastic masks and takeaway cups is increasing, they called on governments to invest in sustainable alternatives.
Creative sector jobs are also at risk, warned the Creative Industries Federation, which has predicted that 400,000 jobs in the UK could be lost in a "cultural catastrophe" caused by coronavirus.
The pandemic won't stop London Design Festival. This week the event announced it would go ahead in September, albeit with a lot of its programme moved online.
Maison d'Object, however, has been postponed. A digital design fair will now happen in conjunction with Paris Design week.
To comply with social distancing, the museum enlisted local designer Sam Baron to make eye-catching signs from mirrors, bricks and tape that to remind people to stay safe.
Offices will be changed forever by the pandemic but will remain important for creativity and combatting loneliness, said Vitra, which has published a report on the topic.
"The physical workspace acts as an important factor in preventing the loneliness epidemic in an increasingly digital world," said its research paper.
Schools will also be forever changed by the pandemic, said a report from design studio Roar. Pre-fabricated classrooms could be one solution and bathrooms will need to be redesigned to be touchless.
VDF shone a spotlight on exciting student projects this week, including a co-working space to support entrepreneurs in conflict-torn Venezuela from a student at the Savanna College of Art and Design.
Students from the Lucerne School of Art and Design revealed their jewellery designs, including Madonna-esque silk accessories for breast cancer survivors and a mouth separator strung with pearl tongue-ticklers.
Projects that proved popular with readers this week include a cabin on stilts with unusual wooden cladding in Norway, a house in Spain with rooms built in chipboard boxes, and a house in Hawaii built over a lava field.